Kirti Kamboj was born in Mumbai, and while growing up also lived in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Chicago. She worked as a researcher and a futures trader, before deciding to see what life would be like without staring at computer screens most of the day. That's also why she started blogging.
Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino talks about the Japan nuclear disaster, her benefit album We Are The Works In Progress, spooky Tokyo, making music, and being a work in progress herself.
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully detaining individuals when there's no evidence of illegal activities under its Secure Communities Program.
Hyphen examines the limitations of Mother Jones' recent article "My Summer at an Indian Call Center," which offers a simplified and at times contradictory critique of the current system of globalization.
On 9/11, within minutes of the attacks, four men chased after a Sikh man who had escaped from the towers and now had to escape once more for his life...[;] in Los Angeles, on September 13, 2001, an Iranian woman was punched in the eye by another woman who wanted to register her displeasure at those who look like terrorists; on September 15, 2001, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Kimberly Lowe, a Creek Native American, stopped her car to confront a group of white males who had yelled, ‘‘Go back to your own country,’’ they pinned her down and drove over her till she died.
-Vijay Prashad, How Hindus Became Jews: American Racism after 9/11
This was the environment in which Mohsin Hamid's novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was released. The narrator, Changez, is a New York investment banker who, post-9/11, becomes disillusioned with his life and returns to Pakistan. Yet strangely enough, his leaving has little to do with the aftermath described above.
On March 10, the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), held the first in a series of hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” Its purpose was to investigate whether American Muslims, including around one million Asian Americans, were at fault for not doing enough to foil domestic terrorist attacks.